A Must Read

My dear friend, Joseph Theroux, has published another book that takes you back to the beautiful Kingdom of Hawaii in the late 1880s and a suspenseful mystery.  If you love intrigue and stepping back in history then check out this book.  Here is the link to it on Amazon.

 

 

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Bekah’s Death Valley Adventure Hits The Shelves

Monumental Week!  That’s exactly how this week turned out.  I bet I have your attention now!

After months of work on my second children’s book, I’ve reached a milestone that every writer wants to get to–publication.  My meme, Bekah, invites you to help her solve the paradox of wildflowers in Death Valley.

Want to know where to find this adventure tale?  Check out Amazon.  There you’ll find a paperback version

Book 2 Paperback Cover   and a Kindle version.     Book 2 Kindle Cover

Writing a children’s book is not a solitary effort.  I had help throughout this creative process.  My loyal fan and supporter is, of course, my husband.  He donned multiple hats such as: tour guide and driver, proof reader, sketching of maps, occasional photographer and cheerleader.  My daughters were also supporters encouraging me along the way.  Several friends also lent their support.  One allowed me to brainstorm the story line.  Another friend, Shawndra Holmberg, graciously became my book coach, HYH Book Coach.  She worked with me through this process by helping me “stay the course.”  Our coaching sessions helped me set and implement my writing goals.  Thank you to my network of supporters.

So, don’t forget to stop by Amazon and pick up a copy of my book.  After you’ve read it, drop me a line and let me know what you thought about.  Happy Reading!

 

It’s Start’s With Memorial Day

memorial day 2  I come from a very patriotic family and on a day like today, I am proud to be an American.  My father served in the Army during World War II.  My only brother is a Vietnam War Veteran.  My husband is also a Vietnam War Veteran.  My nephew served in the Army during peace time.  My oldest daughter is currently serving in the Army, stationed in Baltimore, MD, as a First Lieutenant.  Our family has been blessed by this privilege and we are fortunate that they carried out and are carrying out their service safely.

As an avid history buff and social studies teacher, I am aware of the importance of studying history.  We study history to learn what happened and why things happened.  Hopefully, we can learn from past events and behaviors and avoid getting ourselves and our country in the same situation.

Memorial Day is when we honor are fallen service members who paid the ultimate price while protecting Americans and our freedoms.  To their families, I thank you and salute you.  Know that your loved are remembered and prayed for.

 

It’s a Girl!

Who is this adorable bundle of joy?
It’s not a boy.

If it’s not a brother.
Then, it must be the other.

Ahhhh!  It’s a lovable and spirited girl.
She loves to prance and twirl.

It’s a girl who brings joy.
But, will never be a toy.

It’s a girl who is so cute.
Her antics make boys hoot.

It’s a girl whose laughter fills the air.
It causes strangers to stop and stare.

It’s a girl who is a lively sprite.
She can’t help but be a delight.

It’s a girl who may don bows and frills.
She is comfortable wearing waders and catching fish by their gills.

It’s a girl who learns to use her smiles.
She uses them as tools to help her beguile.

It’s a girl whose is very smart.
She lives her life with her heart.

It’s a girl who is multidimensional.
Every thought and act is intentional.

It’s a girl who is very passionate.
It causes her to be compassionate.

There’s more to a girl than just being adorable.
It’s her essence that makes her reliable.

It’s a girl!  It’s a girl!  It’s a girl!

~©Beverly Ann McCall, 4/23/17

 

Valentine Getaway Memories

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An opportunity for a recent getaway turned out to be a remarkable memory.  I am so proud of how well my little sister, Ginger, adjusted to our family’s love for traveling. A getaway to Laughlin, Nevada is a perfect learning experience.  Laughlin is about 2 hours away.  When in Laughlin, we stay at the Pioneer Hotel and Casino on the Colorado River.  This is a very pet-friendly establishment.

Ginger pleasantly surprised us all with how well she adjusted to walking on a leash.  It is quite amusing to see her zig and zag as she walks along.  Her little legs move at a quick pace.  I can only surmise it is because of her short attention span and the fact that she gets distracted easily.  The object that gets her attention entices her to dart about.  In doing so, she wraps her leash around Mr. Mike’s legs.

Ginger certainly has her antics.  Let me share a few with you.  I discovered she loves chasing leaves.  As we walk along the River Walk, breezes from the Colorado River lifts fallen leaves encouraging them to dance along the path.  Watching her chase after them is quite amusing especially her attempts to pounce on them.  In the process of her chase, she darts in and out of legs and even attempts to crawl under my belly.  Not only is this hilarious, as I am so short and there is not much room between the ground and my belly, it tickles.

On another walk, we encountered a flock of pigeons foraging for seeds in the tall grass. I guess she thought they were a pile of fluffy leaves. Their pecking and scratching for food stirred her curiosity and she decided to give chase.  As she did, they took flight. You should have seen her startled expression as they dispersed just out of her reach.  Mr. Mike and I enjoyed a good chuckle.

Ginger tries to follow my example, but, the poor thing gets done in by these cute and adorable puppy instincts.  Ginger’s inquisitiveness and impulses helps her to learn and provides us with many memories.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Traveling to our get away.

Traveling to our get away.

This Valentine’s Day is a special one for our family.  Earlier this year our family received another bundle of Cavalier charm with my little sister, Ginger.  This Valentine’s Day is her first one and we are marking it with a special get away to Laughlin.

Bekah and Ginger join me in wishing you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day. May today be a wonderful day filled with much happiness and joy.

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Let’s Paint

  1. Let’s Paint!
    ©Beverly Ann McCall

    Happiness overflows upon hearing the call of “let’s paint!”
    Endless possibilities flow with no restraint.

    What medium will this artist employ for this delightful mission?
    Will I apply paint or some other medium for this composition?

    Pastel watercolors to cast a soft tone are a definite option.
    Acrylic oils for a bold and brass look is another notion.

    Impasto techniques like Impressionist Van Goghs’s Starry Night may be an alternative.
    Neo-dada style of Barbara Rose would be superlative.

    Tempura for finger painting is reminiscent of kindergarten days.

    Oh! So many different options spin me into a daze.
    Alas! The decision is clear its PAINT to capture your gaze.

    Happiness overflows upon hearing the call to “Let’s Paint!”
    Endless possibilities exist with no restraint.

 

Goodreads Giveaway Update

Bekah's 1st Adventure  Yesterday, 2/8/17, was the last of day of our Goodreads Giveaway.  676 people registered for this giveaway.  Congratulations to the two lucky individuals won.  They are Leighann Washburn and Roland So.  Your signed copies of Bekah’s First Adventure will be mailed out within the next couple of days.

Work In Progress-Mindfulness

003Like the vibrant colors in this picture, mindfulness is an active process in experiencing our thoughts and actions in a very conscious effort or with intention.

Mindfulness is a state of active open attention to the present.  Maintaining mindfulness requires active participation in living.  For me, my journey toward mindfulness is a work in progress as I work at living in each moment and awaken to each experience.  At first the practice of mindfulness can appear to be a struggle, but, with practice is achievable. Mindfulness can be applied to all activities–writing, gardening, knitting, and sewing.

There are several steps in my mindfulness journey.  The first is let go of my conscious thought and focus my energy and mind on the current task I’m doing.  I work at savoring each experience.  When faced with challenges along the task, I acknowledge and accept them without judgment and then refocus on my task.  Deep breathing throughout the tasks helps to keep me centered and allows me to develop a rhythmic flow.

Let me use my knitting to demonstrate these steps.  With my knitting in my lap, I focus on the tapping of my knitting needles and the feel of the yarn as it passes over my fingers. I marvel at each stitch and row.  I work on savoring this experience..  I also concentrate on steadying my breathing to help me increase my awareness of my knitting.  I become engrossed in my knitting and develop a rhythmic flow. If my chance, I drop a stitch I don’t let it bother me.  I accept it, correct it, and continue with my knitting.  I do not waste time chastising myself.  Deep breaths help me to remain focused on my knitting.  The end result is mindfulness knitting or knitting in the moment. My mindful knitting becomes a vibrant experience.  Bright and full of energy.